About Us

The Charity Defense Council is a brave new leadership organization for the charity sector. Our mission is to correct misconceptions about charity that compromise nonprofit effectiveness. Our goal is singular and bold: to change how the donating public thinks about changing the world.

Our founder Dan Pallotta's 2013 TED Talk "The Way We Think About Charity Is Dead Wrong" described the problem and got the conversation started. Now, we're building a movement to create a lasting solution.

Staff | Governing Board | Steering Committee


Jason Lynch

Executive Director

Governing Board

Neil McCarthy


Dan Pallotta

Founder & President

Seth Perlman

Secretary & Treasurer

Steering Committee

Pierre Ferrari

President & CEO

Heifer International

Susan Barrows Libby

Managing Partner

Kito Global

Steve Nardizzi

Former CEO

Wounded Warrior Project

Ken Stern

Former CEO


Below, you can find all our latest financial information. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jason Lynch, Executive Director, at jason@charitydefensecouncil.org.

IRS Tax-Exempt Determination

2012 Letter

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You can reach us by email or phone:
(978) 213-7014

Charity Defense Council
7 Central Street
Topsfield, MA 01983